I’ve mentioned before that I’m part of a writing group.
We met during a creative writing course with the Open University and decided to keep in touch and support each other with our writing. We meet about once a month and at one of the first meetings talked about publishing an e-book of our work.
We all agreed to contribute two stories and some poetry to an anthology. While we were designing the cover (picture courtesy of Christie Adams. Photo-shopping by Craig Hallam) and editing the book we launched the Steel City Writers blog. Some of you have already been over and welcomed us to the blogging world, thank you for your support.
Well the wait is finally over as the formatting is complete and we published the book on Smashwords last night.
Just Get It Out There – An Anthology of Creative Writing from the Steel City Writers is now published and you can download your free copy here.
Yes, free copy. This is our first collection of work and hopefully not the last.
The book has some darker stories, others that are lighter and there is even room for poetry. An eclectic mix from a quintet of Yorkshire writers.
I have a short story – The Forbidden Room, a piece of Flash Fiction called The Birthday Surprise and there is even room for my poem – Excruciating Itching. If you download the e-book, I hope you enjoy.
And you could use Goodreads, the Steel City Writers blog or here to share any comments or reviews.
Looks great, Pete. Will you be putting it on Amazon Kindle? I’ve recently submitted a short story, ‘the History of Rock and Roll in 99 tweets’ to KDP Select – just to see what it was like really. You get 5 free promo days, and I’ve used 2 so far, and it’s been quite interesting to see who picks up the free copies. If nothing else it improves the visibilty of your book in a sea of eBooks.
Thanks for your comments, Andy. We have talked about whether to put a version on Amazon. Problems with making it totally free seem to hold us back, though we could put it on just to get the free days to hopefully boost the numbers. Good luck with your story.
That is awesome Pete! I just downloaded it! Looking forward to reading. . .
Thanks, Robin. I hope you enjoy it.
What Robin said. 🙂 Ella Dee
Thanks, Ella. I hope you enjoy reading the book.
Fantastic work Pete. The forbidden room is awesomely descriptive and evokes the full feeling of the subject. Birthday surprise is just that- a real surprise, what a defective mind you have.Really talented work.
Of course I started reading it as soon as I downloaded it and that’s made me late with my emails and my wife’s morning tea. I’m blaming you for it all.
Thanks for the kind words, David. That’s the first review of my stories and I might have to use them for *publicity purposes* if you don’t mind 🙂
And apologise to you wife for delaying her morning tea. I’ll make sure we publish the next book at a more reasonable time 🙂
Yay! Congratulations =)
Thanks, Stef. It does feel good to have finally released the book.
Hi Pete! Just read The Forbidden Room (would have read them all if only i don’t have lots of student reports to do!). I just love how you are able to put in a mix of suspense and a sense of foreboding that were well-maintained until the end without being dragging. Also, good job on making the story relatable to everyone. A person from any part of the world can read it and feel like it’s a local story. I have always admired fiction writers (can’t wait to read your poem as well); glad to have known you.
Thank you for your comments, Jen. They means a lot to me. I’d maybe bypass my poetry! Everyone agreed to submit some poems so I felt obliged to include something. I hope the student reports weren’t too time consuming. 🙂
Read them all Pete and I am impressed.
The birthday surprise was superb. I didn’t guess the ending . Are you going to turn this into a full length novel to tell us why???
I am so proud of you.
Thanks, Mom. It did take a LONG time to get the book done, but it was a good experience. I’m glad you like the Birthday Surprise and yes it will be made into a longer story, some day.
Thanks for commenting and believing 🙂
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Steel City Writers,
I have named you for Inspiring Blog Award. Please look at my post for the rules. You encourage us all.
Thanks, Bettye. We will respond accordingly.